Tournaments: Wahconah, Hoosac will play for football titles Saturday; Quarterfinals set in soccer, volleyball
There are two Berkshire County high school football teams remaining in the running for Western Massachusetts championships. Wahconah and Hoosac Valley will both be playing for championships on Saturday.
There are four high school football sectional championships scheduled this weekend, three of them will be played Saturday at Roberts Stadium in Holyoke.
The first game involving Berkshire County teams will be the Division VIII championship, where two teams will put their perfect records on the line. Top-seeded Hoosac Valley and No. 3 Ware are both 9-0, and will play in the 12:30 game at Roberts.
When that game is over, top-seeded Wahconah (8-1) and No. 2 Frontier (8-1) will play for the Division VII title. That game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. kickoff.
Since the MIAA went to a state championship playoff format in 2013, Wahconah has won four of five Western Mass. championships. Hoosac Valley has won two, in 2015 and 2013.
The only other recent champion among the aforementioned foursome is Ware, a 14-8, overtime winner over Pioneer Valley in 2009.
Saturday's third game kicks off at 10 a.m., and is the Division III championship game between Springfield Central and Minnechaug.
The fourth championship game will be played Friday night at Roberts Stadium, where West Springfield and Longmeadow will battle for the Division V title.
High School soccer rolls into high-gear with quarterfinal play Monday and Tuesday. The boys play Monday and the girls play Tuesday.
In the boys' tournament, fourth-seeded Mount Greylock (10-4-2) will host No. 5 Pope Francis (11-6-2) in a Division III at 6:30 p.m. on Farley-Lamb Field at Williams College. The Mounties enter the contest with a three-game winning streak. Pope Francis beat Franklin Tech 8-0 in the first round.
Also in Division III, sixth-seeded Monument Mountain (8-6-3) travels to third-seeded Frontier (11-2-4) for a 6 p.m. game. The Spartans advanced with a 3-0 win over Hampshire Regional.
In Division IV, second-seeded Lenox (10-5-3) will play a 4 p.m. home game against seventh-seeded Pioneer Valley Christian (13-3-3). PVCA beat Smith Vocational 3-1 in the first round. Third-seeded Mount Everett (9-2-3) gets going against Pioneer Valley Regional (14-2-1), the sixth seed, at 2 p.m. Pioneer bat Saint Mary's 8-0 in the first round.
Drury (11-7) is the No. 4 seed and will open tourney play at home against No. 5 Westfield Tech (15-2-1).
The Pittsfield girls (6-9-3) earned their Division I berth on the last day of the regular season, and have waited patiently for the quarterfinals to begin. The eighth-seeded Generals will play at top-seed West Springfield (15-0-3) Tuesday at 6 p.m.
When the first-round dust settled, third-seeded Monument Mountain (11-3-5) and sixth-seeded Wahconah (8-7-4) were the two county teams standing. Now, they'll play each other Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in Great Barrington.
In Division IV, Lee and Lenox continue playing. The Millionaires (10-5-3) earned a first-round bye and will play Tuesday at 4 against No. 6 Pathfinder (14-3-2), a 1-0 winner over No. 11 Duggan. Lee (10-8) is the eighth seed, and after beating No. 9 Westfield Tech 4-1, get top-seeded Granby (10-5-3) in a quarterfinal Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Granby.
It will be a busy Monday for four Berkshire County volleyball teams, who are in the Division III quarterfinal round.
Second-seeded Lee (17-1) will open play against No. 7 Wahconah (15-6). The Wildcats swept the regular-season series from the Warriors, winning by identical 3-1 scores.
That winner will face the winner of the match between third-seeded Lenox (16-2) and sixth-seeded South Hadley (15-4). The Tigers advanced with a 3-1 win over No. 11 Mohawk, while the Millionaires had a bye. Lenox beat South Hadley 3-0 in the regular season.
On the other side of the bracket, ninth-seeded Mount Greylock (11-9), a 3-0 winner over No. 8 Mahar, will face top-seeded Frontier (12-6).
All three matches are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.
Howard Herman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, at @howardherman on Twitter and 413-496-6253.
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